This Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 8:00 pm, DAILY GRINDHOUSE is sponsoring a screening of the 1989 noir THE KILL-OFF at Comfort Station in Chicago, IL. It is being shown as part of the “Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era” series curated and hosted by longtime DAILY GRINDHOUSE writer Paul Freitag-Fey.
Based on hard-boiled author Jim Thompson’s novel of the same name, Freitag-Fey says the film “strips the numerous characters in the book down to a few. It’s a woefully underseen work of neo-noir, directed by Maggie Greenwald, the talented filmmaker who went on to direct wider-release films SONGCATCHER and THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO.”
THE KILL-OFF was part of a wave of late ’80s/early ’90s films that helped spark a renewed interest in adapting Thompson’s dark, cynically funny novels for the big-screen. But unlike films such as THE GRIFTERS or AFTER DARK, MY SWEET, it never garnered critical acclaim or reached a wide audience, making it a film that is calling out to be rediscovered.
Check out the Comfort Station website for all information about this screening and the other events being presented there.